Brave Browser + Wayback Machine = A Better Web Experience

Brave Browser + Wayback Machine = A Better Web Experience

By Cryptolohy | cryptolohy101 | 26 Feb 2020

Everyone has had this experience. You are on your favorite site looking for the latest blog or news article. And somehow you manage to land on a 404 page. Not cool.

In the old days you just go to the home page, or get out of that page and search for something equivalent, but, what if you really, really, really want to see that specific URL? well, usually most times you just give up. I mean, there is wayback machine, but you wouldn't know easily if that specific URL had been saved, and the whole process it takes maybe a minute, which is most of what some people (including me) are willing to invest just to double-check one URL.

Well, not anymore.

Just today, starting with version 1.4 of its desktop browser, Brave has added a 404 detection system, with an automated Wayback Machine lookup process to its desktop browser.

According to the blog announcement:


"By default, it now offers users one-click access to archived versions of Web pages that might otherwise not be available. Specifically we are checking for 14 HTTP error codes in addition to the 404 (page not found) condition, including: 408, 410, 451, 500, 502, 503, 504, 509, 520, 521, 523, 524, 525, and 526. 

The Web is fragile. Just as nations rise and fall, so do the Websites of your favorite news orgs, brands, companies, governments, etc. Web pages are edited and pages are taken down. Studies suggest the average life expectancy of a single Web page is anywhere from 44 – 100 days. We’ve all hit the dreaded error code 404 “Page Not Found”. Is there any hope of seeing that Web page ever again?"


This is very good for the Brave ecosystem. Now we can do investigative reporting on governments who try to hide their tracks more easily. Win-win.

Just like bitcoin has gained and retain its position within the cryptocurrency space through constant innovation, the brave browser is making progress in areas that matter to users worldwide.


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